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Published June 06 2012

D-G-F basketball shakes up coaching staffs again

GLYNDON, Minn. – A year later, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School is still making changes to its basketball programs.

Superintendent Bryan Thygeson said Wednesday he has recommended Mike Clark to take over the boys basketball team and former Ulen-Hitterdal coach Tom Critchley Jr. to take over the girls team.

“This is directly related to the recommendations from the athletic department and the principal,” Thygeson said. “My recommendations are based on that. We are trying to get everyone on board. I am sure there will be wounds over the way things were last spring, but that is in the past.”

Last May, the district controversially did not renew the contracts of then-girls basketball coach Steve Molstre and then-boys basketball coach Jason Sunde.

Thygeson said a June 25 school board meeting will finalize moving Clark and hiring Critchley.

Clark, who coached the girls team last year, would replace Kyle Haberman, who led the boys team to a 3-22 record, the worst mark in more than a decade.

Clark, who is also the school’s boys golf coach, led the girls to a 19-9 record last season.

As for Critchley, he would return to the area after spending the last eight seasons at Marshall.

“Wherever I have coached, it has been about the kids and building relationships with the players, their parents and the community” Critchley said. “There is a lot of pride and there’s a lot to be proud of in that school district.”

Critchley played high school basketball under his father at Hawley during the mid-1980s. He was a coach at Ulen-Hitterdal in the early 2000s before leaving for Marshall where he has won 151 games.

Critchley led Marshall to a 19-9 record last season and took them to state in the 2010-11 season.

“We’re extremely excited,” Critchley said of his family moving back to the area. “Being the father of four daughters, I wanted to coach basketball and be a part of their playing career much as my father was a part of mine. It is very special. We’re excited to come home and be around family.”

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Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

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